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JJA Member Directories Now Online

Sep 24th, 2010 | By

Searchable directories of Jazz Journalists Association member profiles are now online at JJA News.
Check the Professional Member Directory if you’re looking for a writer, photographer, video, audio or web producer to contribute to your jazz journalism project.  Take a look at the Industry Associate Directory for profiles of the publishers, publicists,  and presenters, as well as jazz musicians and educators, … [read more]



Mark Miller’s Herbie Nichols: A Review

Sep 23rd, 2010 | By

Herbie Nichols: A Jazzist’s Life
By Mark Miller
Mercury Press, Toronto, 2009; 224 pp.; $19.95 paperback

The jazz world is filled with musicians who have not received the recognition they deserve. But after reading Herbie Nichols: A Jazzist’s Life by veteran journalist Mark Miller, the obscurity surrounding this pianist seems particularly tragic.

Nichols had his heart set on being a … [read more]



Launching New Online JJA ‘Office’

Sep 20th, 2010 | By

After months of internal labor, the JJA’s new online office http://members.jazzjournalists.org (no “www” here) has opened for business. Members must update their organizational profiles and information as soon as possible —  go to this online office and follow login directions to establish your password and status for future participation in the JJA. … [read more]



Panel, Round Two: Best Jazz of 2010 (So Far)!

Sep 19th, 2010 | By

Following up our successful and rewarding September 15 Jazz Matters panel discussion, we’re convening another group of critics to take stock of the finest jazz releases of the year to this point!

We’ll be gathering for an informal jukebox jury and panel discussion on Thursday, October 14, 6-8 p.m. at the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music performance space, 5th … [read more]



Introducing Japan Jazz magazine

Sep 16th, 2010 | By

A new monthly magazine, Japan Jazz, website http://www.ymm.co.jp/p/jazz_japan.php, has risen from the ashes of Swing Journal, which suspended operations last May. Volume 1 Number 1 of Japan Jazz, published under the auspices of the Yamaha Corporation with a cover photo of electric guitarists Pat Metheny and Kazumi Watanabi, Oonishi Naoko’s “philosophical approach to jazz” and an essay on Wynton Kelly, among … [read more]



Best of 2010 (So Far): The Panel Weighs In!

Sep 16th, 2010 | By

New York, September 16 — The first New York “Jazz Matters” meeting of fall 2010, a listening session with five critics blindfold-testing each other on “Best Jazz of the Year — so far,” was a success, prompting planning of a second follow-up session (on Thursday, October 14th) with a new set of panelists. Details to follow. The JJA is also … [read more]



Nat Hentoff’s At the Jazz Band Ball: A Review

Sep 14th, 2010 | By

At the Jazz Band Ball: Sixty Years on the Jazz Scene
By Nat Hentoff
(Foreword by Lewis Porter)
University of California Press, 2010, 246 pp., $27.50 hardcover

Nat Hentoff has two passions, jazz and the U.S. Constitution. That these are not disparate interests he clarifies by quoting Max Roach: “What we do musically as we tell our stories is based … [read more]



Ira Gitler Added to Sept. 15th Panel!

Sep 13th, 2010 | By

Veteran jazz writer Ira Gitler will join our September 15th panel at the New School. See updated posting below.

Time to take stock of the finest jazz releases of the year to this point! We’ll be gathering for an informal jukebox jury and panel discussion on Wednesday, September 15th, 6-8 p.m. at the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music … [read more]



Jazz Matters Panel: The Best Jazz of 2010 (So Far)!

Sep 6th, 2010 | By

Time to take stock of the finest jazz releases of the year to this point! We’ll be gathering for an informal jukebox jury and panel discussion on Wednesday, September 15th, 6-8 p.m. at the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music performance space, 5th Floor, 55 West 13th Street in Manhattan.

Howard Mandel will moderate the event. He’ll be joined by … [read more]



JJA Chicago Dim Sum Meeting!

Sep 3rd, 2010 | By

The JJA’s annual dim sum brunch meeting at the Chicago Jazz Festival is Sunday, September 5th, 10 a.m. until approximately noon, at the Phoenix Restaurant, 2131 S. Archer Ave., in Chinatown (discount parking available — call 312-328-0848 for details).

At least a dozen members of the JJA, organized by writer/teacher/radio show host and first JJA president Art Lange, will be … [read more]